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My new Spark party policy

Monday, December 14, 2009

I come from a family with 5 kids, 2 parents, and we always had friends or family or adopted family for the holidays. I don't know from cooking small. I always make enough food to feed a small village in Poland (as my husband describes it). Because I come from a culture where the greatest sin is to run out of any one food item. Really.

So - We had about 15 people over yesterday for our Chanukah brunch. I made latke batter with 15 potatoes - only used about 2/3 of the batter, the rest is in the fridge for the Sisterhood Chanukah party tomorrow night. And of course we had a bunch of leftover latkes.

I also made two 9 x 13 pans of sour cream coffee cake - using Greek yogurt, so it's a little lighter - two pans because DH likes it with chocolate chips, I prefer without. Tons left over.

Plus a huge (HUGE) roasting pan (turkey-size) of noodle kugel - with apples, and lower-fat dairy products - so delicious.

Plus a pan of brownies, because DH insisted we needed some chocolate, I'm known for my chocolate.

So - the new Spark party policy - as everyone left, after stuffing themselves for several hours, everyone had to fill at least one (or more) paper plate(s) full of leftovers, which we wrapped in foil - for their kids at home, for later, for breakfast - didn't matter, everyone had to take food with them.

YAY! We have very little left over now - maybe 5 brownies for DH, one plastic container of coffee cake, and 2 servings of kugel (for dinner tonight).

Brilliant! I'll have to remember this for the future - get rid of nearly all the leftovers by sending them home with the guests, kind of like party favors, LOL - they all get a few portions, we keep just a few portions, and everyone can remember the party with fond memories and a limited number of calories!!!!!
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